Obliteration VII | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Obliteration VIIObliteration VII

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
100 IBU

Added by BarrytheBear on 10-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of Arbitrator
1.87/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Embarrassingly enough, Tickd717 and I both brought the same beer to the tasting. This is the beer geek equivalent of wearing the same dress, I guess. We wound up opening his bottle, although the late chswimmer (RIP) shouted, "Let's do a side by side!"

A: This pours [insert poetic reference to darkness, absence of light, day becoming night, the breaking loneliness of a 14-year-old goth boy] black. Some edge translucence, but you really have to search for it. Nicely dark. What impresses me is that the head, a tan color, has great retention and substantial lace. Must be a lot of hop resins in this beer.

S: Indeed there are. Oh my god. I'm a hophead these days, but enough is enough. One sniff with closed eyes and I picture myself poking my nose into a basket full of green, leafy hop cones. The base beer is pretty much obliterated (OH! I GET IT NOW); the only roasted malt aromas I pick up seem to be from the power of suggestion. This is a horribly overhopped beer. I look around slyly and smugly, expecting the others at the tasting to grimace and agree. Instead, I see nickd717 and chswimmer grinning loopily. Dammit. I forgot. This is rare and uberhopped; how could it be poorly received?

T: Bitter, bitter, bitter. Hop flavors come through, but it's primarily bitter; leafy, green, and tea-like / astringent. God, it's so f***ing harsh. I grimace, because this beer is obliterating (YES!) my taste buds. Unlike the nose, I *can* pick up some roasted malt here. It's stronger in the finish, which carries a beautiful clash of leafy hops, bitterness, and burnt malt.

M: Insanely bitter and poorly-integrated. Painful to drink. Coats the mouth and ravages the palate; it's a good thing we had this near the end of the tasting. It only came before Goose Island Rare, which thankfully is flavorful enough to power through the damage this one caused.

D: This beer is a trainwreck in its simplicity. Jarring, clashing flavors served up in a $12 bottle. They did quite a lot wrong. I've had worse, but not a lot.

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Photo of Overlord
1.93/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a thick, viscous black with a deep tan head. Gorgeous beer. Shame it's so awful.

Smells like burnt, acrid hop cones with burnt malt and burnt wood and burnt charred childhood dreams. So friggin' harsh.

Taste is like to scorch my taste buds. The base of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and ... stout ... if any such ever existed, has been demolished by an overwhelming acrid mess of bitter burnt hops and scorched/kilned driftwood.

This is one horrible, bitter, charred mess of a beer. Nice thick mouthfeel, though.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.21/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured into DFH tulip glass a dark black/brown color with a tan head that coasters on top. Strong aroma of hops and roast in the nose along with dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Slightly sweet start that quickly turns to a super roasted flavor with a strong flavor of hops. I get it, I understand that this is the point of the beer but the roast and the hops are way over done and not in a good way. Lingering burnt flavor. Unfortunately, this one is bound for the drain for me.

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Photo of mothman
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours 1 finger of head. Good retention with some new lace. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Extremely hoppy. Grassy and floral with a hint of pine. Roasted malts with some dark chocolate. Some caramel and dark fruits. Reminds me a bit of fresh darkness 2009. Extremely hoppy.

Taste: Mega roast. Roasted malts and coffee. Waayyyy too much roast. It has some hop resin bitterness. Floral and pine. Chocolate and roasted malts. Wow. Not for me.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter... and then some. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends extremely bitter and roasted.

Overall, this really wasn't for me. It was extremely roasted and extremely bitter. It just wasn't good. I couldn't drink very much of this. A big letdown.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of womencantsail
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: The pour is just about black with a finger of dark brown head that displays impressive retention.

S: An incredibly hoppy aroma with floral notes at first, but quickly followed by an intense fruitiness. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes. A really strong roasted malt aroma with a bit of char and ash to it.

T: Surprisingly fruity in terms of the hop flavor. An amazing amount of pineapple flavor which is the best thing about this beer. Unfortunately, it's really quite harsh. Overwhelming ash flavors and a big time alcohol presence.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a harsh astringency and bitterness.

O: It has some pleasant flavors, but this is just too harsh to drink any significant amount of.

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Photo of stakem
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jconrick1 for the opportunity to try this one. Shared with a couple of friends and poured into several snifters from a bomber.

This brew appears black in color with some faint clarity around the edges when held to the light. Some faint ruby and lighter brown hues shine through the edging. A very dark head forms looking quite creamy that fades to a thin lace and coats the wall with lace. A swirl revives the brown cap back to a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is bright with fruity hops, pine and some minerals. It becomes lightly medicinal as the fruit scent of the hops mixes with the alcohol's fruity esters. There is plenty of citrus and spicy hops, very very bold that mixes with some roasty chocolate malt that comes across like cocoa.

The taste of this brew is absolutely oily with big brutal west coast hop resins. This brew is excessively oily with a lasting bite of hops that is herbal mixed with grass, fruits and rinds. A roasted grain backing provides minimal bitter chocolate and roasted flavors of malt. An aftertaste of pine and alcohol resides in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is creamy and smooth upfront but gets excessively oily. The name of this beer is very appropriate, it obliterated my sense of taste. I did a double and triple take at reading this beer's label. This is not a "stout" that I would ever want to drink again. It is way too hoppy, to the point where I wonder if hop shots were used in the brewing process to exaggerate the oily hop character of this brew. As an imperial stout it is average. This brew would best be classified as an imperialized version of an American black ale.

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Photo of abecall98
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Loki83 for bringing this beer.

A - pours a dark black, a swirl if cabeza fills the top of the pour. A sticky lacing coats my glass. Looks sexy.

S - faint, slightly off with varying aromas. I catch a hint of hops, a tiny roast, and then that lovely dishsoap aroma ( it's sucky, not lovely). Just off.

T - Bland. Bland. Can't say much more. There is nothing going on in this beer. It is one dimensional, if that. It tastes like water, with a tiny hint of flavor. Hey, they mask the alcohol, but mask everything. Where is my bitterness, citrus, roast, malt? What the hell?

M - I review to individual components. The mouthfeel was good. It was perfectly carbonated, mouthcoathig, and you can feel the head with the swallow (innuendo?).

D - the beer isn't bad. It isn't off-putting or nasty. However, the beer doesn't excite me. Not much making me want more.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lunch--thanks, Paul! Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour brings forward a very dark beer that is bordering on black with a short mocha head and a few bits of spotty lacing as it begins to fall down my tulip. The nose brings forward quite a bit of roasted malt along with some chocolate and a faint presence of coffee. There's also something resembling a bit of black licorice plus a slightly hoppy component. The flavor is a bit toward that latter bitterness with a bit of astringency that I had trouble placing. I kept getting an odd bitterness, especially in the finish. Other than that, the flavor was a bit toward the plain end of the spectrum and not what I normally expect from Midnight Sun. Overall, this was drinkable enough, but not something I would seek out regularly.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to tasting glass at a NoVA Beer Tasting on 10/23/11
*From notes

A: Dark and brooding. A decent pour yields a 1.25 finger head and moderate lacing.

S: Generous molasses, coffee and cocoa.

T: Too charry. It's like the guy roasting coffee beans fell asleep at the roaster. Just over the top - like someone scraped the bottom of a kettle and ate the burnt ends. Blech.

M: Pretty solid. Nothing to get worked up about, but it's alright I guess. No real complaints.

O: Midnight Sun's Obliteration VII was full tilt dark roast, beyond the point of enjoyment. The rest of the equation is there, but the flavor of well done coffee beans turned me off.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by MasterSki, a gift given to him for successfully completing the ancient right of manhood passsage: Alaskan Rabbit Hunting.

A - Black beer, head is a touch lighter than I like in a double stout, but no real complaints on the look.

S - A hoppy stout. Roasted malts, chocolate, and molasses, with some alcohol. I'm always curious about hoppy stouts, particularly after having Night Stalker last year when it was first bottled. The hops are quite noticable, nothing subtle here.

T - Kind of a hard beer to rate taste-wise. As Hoppy Imperial Stouts is not a category, I would say the taste is merely average for a big stout, meaning I do enjoy it to a certain extent. It is quite hop forward and overly bitter. The stout notes consist primarily of roast and some cocoa. It just gets too bitter to be enjoyable, and it becomes less of a hoppy stout, and more of an overly hoppy beer with stout qualities.

M - Full bodied, a bit syrupy, lower than medium carbonation.

O - Well, it was an interesting attempt, but it just didn't go quite right. Points for trying, but it is a bit hard to drink. Midnight Sun does awesome beers, and I would't classify this as bad, although I think there is a decent percentage of people who just will not like this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice thick dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some medium dry hops notes. Taste is a mix between some deep roasted malt with some pretty astringent hops which doesn’t make me want to drink too much of this beer. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I understand this is an experiment but not sure I am a big fan of Magnum and Warrior hops which are too astringent.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 03/05/11 notes. Bottle shared by Lunch; thanks Paul. Bottle says it was bottled

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lime, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and citrus hops. A slight step up from the nose, but still average.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a bad stout, but not really for me. It's a hoppy stout with citrus and lime mixing with the classic chocolate and roasted malts, but I'm not a fan of the lime/citrus. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lunch brought this to a tasting recently, thanks Paul.

Beer is dark black with a thin dark tan / brown head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and ashy, strongly roasted malts, mild coffee and sugar as well.

Beer is medium in body and has a spiciness to it that I'm interpretting to be the mixture of hops with the sweetness and the roast of the malt. Pretty hop forward stout. The hops don't play well from a bitterness stand point with the rest of the coffee bitterness. Overall it is average as a stout, nice attempt though.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black pour with an off white head. Absolutely no lacing or retention. The smell is really hoppy, molasses, and booze. Smells a bit like oak barrels, but I'm not sure if it was aged on them. The hops, chocolate and coffee really come thru in the taste. Deep, but not balanced that well. Hoppy and very boozy. Heavy body, carbonated well, boozy on the back. Weird tasting, not great.

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. 22oz bottle shared at a local tasting. It poured pretty close to black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with some juicy citrus fruits coming out in it. I also get some roasty bitterness and chocolate flavors out of it as well. Aroma seems more along the lines of a pretty decent Black IPA to me.

The taste shows more of a roastier, slightly burnt flavor then the nose suggested. I get more of the roasty, bitter-sweet chocolate flavors to it up front while the herbal, bitter grapefruit like hops give it a dry, bitter finish. The hoppy and roasty flavors clash a little for me at times.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer but not a great one. The flavors just didn't come together that well for me and just didn't seem very complimentary of each other.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Thanks to Chris for opening this at a tasting.

A: Absolutely opaque black body with a finger of fine chocolate-hued foam. Dark and rich.

S: Hugely hoppy, with piney and herbal notes dominating. Generically roasted malts behind. Super, super hoppy stout.

T: Rather muddled blend of dark chocolate malts and resinous, piney hops. Ridiculously dry, bitter finish. Crazy bitter, and not the best for the style.

M: Full-bodied with moderate, spiky carbonation. OK.

D: No, not really. Too bitter/astringent to be drinkable.

Notes: This was my first encounter with a Midnight Sun offering, and it was a little bit of a let-down. I love a good hoppy stout (Nightstalker is one of my all-time favorite beers), but this one really doesn't do the trick. It's too roasty for a Black IPA, too hoppy for a stout, and too astringent for a good beer.


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Photo of Etan
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle sent to me by Coby. Must be going on 2 years old now (bottled near the end of 2010, I think).

A: Pours an inky jet black with a creamy light tan head. Lots of nice lacing.

S: A lot of piney hop, thick roasted malts, chocolate, citrus.

T: Sharp bite of smokey, charred bitterness. Aging yet still strong hop notes, coffee and mild caramel sweetness.

M: Thick and creamy.

O: The charred notes are a bit too harsh. I don't think any amount of age is going to calm this beer down.

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Obliteration VII from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 88 ratings